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The Dnipro Towers – ‘A concrete skid mark on the skyline of Kyiv’

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Last night, I along with many others watched a documentary ‘Don’t Look Down’ on Channel 4 that followed James Kingston, an urban free climber who scales 100m cranes, 200m radio towers, tall buildings and bridges… without using any safety equipment at all.

In the documentary James travels to Kyiv, Ukraine to meet fellow urban free climber Mustang Wanted where they scale the Moscow Bridge and many other familiar landmarks.  As you might expect, I instantly recognised many of the buildings featured in the programme.

One set of buildings in particular caught my eye.  The Dnipro Towers.  A set of skyscraper buildings which have been ‘under construction’ since around the time when Noah thought about building his ark.  They were due to be completed in 2006 but have remained in this state since building ceased many years ago.

Now?  Well now they form now what can best be described as a concrete skid mark on the skyline of Kyiv.

The image below was taken three years ago using a Hasselblad medium format camera, something (much like the builders tools), has not been used for a while.



Written by Dean O'Brien

January 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

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  1. Fantastic photo mate!


    January 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm

  2. […] Kingston posted throwback footage from his visit to the Ukriane last year while filming the documentary “Don’t Look Down” in 2014. The footage is made a little extra shocking due to the fact that the towers are somewhat abondoned–construction on them seized many years ago and never met its 2006 completion date. […]

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